West Indies' Marlon Samuels is just one of the players who helped make the Calypso Kings the toast of the cricket world in 2012. (Reuters)
The Calypso Kings were the toast of a topsy-turvy 2012 cricket world that saw its fair share of drama on and off the field, the rise of South Africa to the top of the Test heap, India’s inglorious slide into oblivion and the retirement of three of the very best to play the game.
Darren Sammy’s men dug deep into the past to produce the brand of cricket that had once made West Indies the most exciting and feared team in the universe. It was a joy to watch Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and the irrepressible Marlon Samuels throw caution to the wind as they smashed the ball on their way to the World Twenty20 trophy. One of the most enduring memories of the year had to be the team’s impromptu display of Gangnam Style dance to Harry Belafonte’s famous Banana Boat song after receiving the trophy.